Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, the first Asian American and foreign-born poet appointed to the post. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asahi Shimbun, The Banyan Review, Cultural Weekly, Marsh Hawk Press ReviewMoss Trill, The Nonconformist MagazineSan Francisco ChronicleVox Populi, and Fellowship Magazine, among others. Aileen is the curator of “Power to the Poets,” a reading series on poetry, solidarity and social justice, and the Peninsula Bookfest in collaboration with local libraries. She has been interviewed in NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America, PenTV, The Six Fifty, Your Artsy Girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Cagibi, The Nonconformist Magazine, and Half Moon Bay Review. As Poet Laureate, she has worked with local government agencies, such as the San Mateo County Arts Commission, the Commission on the Status of Women, the LGBTQ Commission, member libraries of the Peninsula Library System, the San Mateo County Harbor District, and nonprofits, such as the Housing Leadership Council and Filoli Center, to amplify the role of poetry in public discourse. She also facilitates youth poetry workshops, advocates the creation of youth poet laureate programs in the county, co-organizes youth poetry competitions, and offers free one-on-one mentoring sessions for San Mateo County  students. Aileen is on the Board of Directors of the Daly City Public Library Associates, and is also the publisher of the San Francisco Bay Area-based indie press, Paloma Press.

Sample poems by Aileen.
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